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    A collection of images that have visual and thematic associations despite their contrast in material, meaning, form, and subject. Investigation o… Read More
    A collection of images that have visual and thematic associations despite their contrast in material, meaning, form, and subject. Investigation on the grey area between culture and politics bridged through visual links. Read Less
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Family Reunited is a volumious collection of images that have visual and thematic associations. The collection touches upon dilemmas families experience due to separation forced by social-cultural and political reasons. For example, my country, Korea, is divided into two nations— North and South— because of their different political preferences. Sometimes, we forget that people are from the same root and develop feelings of hatred and disgust that separate us even further. It is tragic that political divisions in a country create strong emotions that hinder people from realizing that they were once a family. This dilemma led to the question: “What is more powerful than emotions aroused by culture and politics?”
 
While searching for the right way to sequence the images, I discovered that their visual links overpowered the contextual meaning of the image itself. Koinobori was in my initial collection because it is a visual marker of a family tradition. However, when I paired it with the picture of the clouds that resemble Koinobori (refer page 30-31), the focus becomes the visual similarity between the two images. Then, the cultural context of Koinobori is no longer important in the spread. It allows the reader to explore unknown associations that are not bound to their knowledge but rather bound to their visual sense.
 
Through this process, I am able to redefine what family is. Family is determined by neither cultural nor scientific norms but visual similarity, which is the most outward sign of a family's narrative. My goal is to find visual reunification between two worlds to prove this. Family Reunited suggests different perspectives on cultural and political issues that divide the world and also approaches to erase emotions created by boundaries.
Design: Lucia Kim
Font: Reader by Colophon Foundry
Paper: Dur-O-Tone Butcher by French Paper &
Superfine Eggshell White by Mohawk Paper
Printed by Micropage, NY
Bound by Bridgeport Bindery, MA